Saturday June 18
Today turned out to be a special day. The morning walk had the usual blackcap, chiffchaff and willow warbler singing, along with the resident singers, song thrush, wren, goldfinch and dunnock. In the afternoon I happened to glance at the feeders in the back and noticed we had two new visitors, siskins, a first as far as I can recollect.
That would have been enough to make it a special day, but later in the evening while watching a film on TV, looking out of the window to the back, we saw an owl perched on top of a tall tree stump in the garden. It would be around 09:30 pm or maybe later and we watched as it listened for prey and then dropped behind a bush to presumably try and catch something. From the shape of the bird, I guess it was a tawny owl, as I know there are some locally.